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The Shampan Foundation is a registered charity (Charity no. 1149716) and was set up in 2012. The Foundation believes that every child has the ability and potential to achieve and positively contribute to their communities. We are committed to promote social inclusion through sport and youth focused activities to those who are socially excluded and face abject poverty.
The Foundation strongly believes that young peoples' engagement in sports can help them develop transferable skills and knowledge that will support them throughout their lives. It uses sports as a vehicle to create social change, strives to enable young people to fully engage in society and take responsibility for their own lives. We develop opportunities to create pathways for young people and volunteers so that they can become active citizens. All the experiences they gain will also increase their access to positive and life changing opportunities.
The Foundation focuses its work into two areas:
1. As part of our work in the UK, we support young people to develop their personal and social skills by providing positive activities, training and volunteering opportunities. In the past two years, in partnership with South Camden Youth Access Point (SCYAP), we have trained young people in fundraising and leadership projects. These have enabled young people raise the necessary funding towards their volunteering trip to South Africa and Bangladesh. One of the young people said 'this project has helped me make new friends, be more confident as well as work with other children. As well as the experience, I have gained a Duke of Edinburgh certificate for the volunteering section'.
2. The foundation runs successful projects in the rural town of Sylhet (Bangladesh). Currently Shampan Foundation runs six projects working with young people aged 5- 21 years. Amongst our achievements we are very proud to have built an ICT room as an extension of a primary school. Young people from the school are now able to develop essential life skills through learning English and IT skills whilst enjoying weekly sports sessions and learning the many skills and competencies through these activities.
We have an amazing number of football specific projects working with a range of ages including girls and young women's only session. The girls work is particularly rewarding, as this kind of work has previously not been undertaken before. Working in the tea garden estates the young women are working 12 hours per day often 7 days a week. The Foundation has been able to develop partnerships with the tea gardens estate management offering a range of specific workshops and fun and enjoyment through sports. The Foundation also provides healthy food for young people during activities.
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